Meeting the Mascot

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Moving to the city has meant being able to attend sporting events like the Hawks versus Gold Coast. Recently we went to Metricon stadium, (it’s less than an hour to the Gold Coast from Brisbane.)

This was the first game live for our footy mad youngest son.

All of my husband’s family have been baracking for Hawks for generations through their good and lean years. We met with some of his extended family in the first half break.

The stadium was full of Hawk’s fans! The brown and gold was everywhere, and everyone sitting near us were Hawks fans. They were quite friendly and chatty not to mention very funny. One man kept telling the players to please come over our side as most of the action was on the other side of the field. When they did come over our way he was ecstatic.

There was a lot going on pregame, with fire eating, drumming, and kick a footy etc. There were other competitions from sponsors like win a $1000 dollars and kisscam, which also operates at the cricket.

The stadium itself is so close to the game, and not so large you aren’t close to it all. We sat very close to the front on the ground level.

The mascots for both teams walked around, and the Hawk’s mascot was especially hard working, and had lots of photos with the fans, especially the children. So to our youngest’s special moment, a photo with the Mascot on the fence.

And of course a massive win for the Hawks by 99 points!!!

A Hawks Family

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Hawks Banner run through by Delbz
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Today the family will be watching the Hawks, their team, play the Swans – it’s Australian Rules Finals Time.

We live in League/Soccer Land but we have found a few locals who also support the Hawks. Our mate at the local fishing store and Justine.

Justine is coming to watch the game with us today, so she can be with people who appreciate footy.

No doubt my hubby’s family will ring him during the break of the first half. They do extra bonding at footy time.

Lots of facebooking will be going on, and the Hawks online people will share their views during the game. This is great for people living outside of Victoria, the home of AFL.

There’s a family footing tipping competition. Tipping against Hawthorn is not something most people in the family would consider, luckily this year they have made the finals and were top of the ladder. I am not so into the tipping part, but I do like to watch the finals.

Youngest however is a total fanatic, and to him it is not just a game, but the fate of the universe. He is the perfect watching companion for his Dad in most ways, although he still has to learn how to deal with what he sees as ‘poor umpiring decisions,’ and the moments where we get behind in the score for too long.

I am hoping the Hawks do well! It will make the family’s day, but most of all it will be something my youngest will treasure for a life time.